Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Now you see it, now you don't

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Photo manipulation was possible from the earliest days of photography. Ansel Adams would spend hours in the darkroom getting the optimal exposure for his photographs, a process he described as "the ability to anticipate a finished image before making the exposure".[2]

I will usually limit my processing to cropping, correcting exposure and perhaps boosting the vibrance. My goal is not to deceive the viewer but to enhance the compositon. I noticed that two of my photographs taken at Liz Barbour's garden in Hollis, NH had distracting elements.

In the first pair of photos I removed a plastic hose cart which seemed out of place with the weathered wooden bench. In the second photo of the batchelor buttons, I caught an insect in flight but it was out of focus.

Hose cart in the upper right corner had to go, it was almost invisible but I knew it was there

Post processing

If the bug was in focus I would have left it in the shot
Bug-B-Gone  I wish I could do this with deerflies and mosquitoes

I used a tool in Photoshop called "content aware" to remove the elements. Most of the tools in Photoshop confuse me but this one is fairly easy to use.